The prints are very art deco. Their simplicity and colour is wonderful, and when they’re layered together, the effect is gorgeous. The fabric texture looks lovely and smooth on the shirts, and those jackets are, well…I want one!! It’s a beautiful combination of elements. Wishing it was in women’s outfits too! I also love the dress worn by the seated woman in the background, to the right. Ciao, L.
Your comment that the clothes are “everyday wearable”prompts me to ask the question: where and by whom? I visit this site because I like to see what stylish people are wearing. Scott’s photos are a great sampling from the streets of the most fashionable cities in the world, yet I rarely see the people actually wearing styles like these anywhere but the on runway. I mean no disrespect ,but can someone explain why?
Hello Jean Tom, seeing as I made the comment I thought I’d have a go at giving you an answer. I suppose my original comment that I thought the clothes here are ‘everyday wearable’ came from the fact that I could happily imagine wearing most of them myself, even at the great age of 54. Often catwalk clothes are simply too outrageous and/or too young for me to even consider them. That’s not to say that I don’t like them, far from it, I often defend the avant garde on the ‘Guardian’ English newspaper website comments page. I’ve worked in the arts all my adult life and really think that the avant garde is necessary to push design along, no matter how outrageous it may seem to some folks. I agree with you entirely that it’s very rare indeed to see runway clothes out on the street. I think you need to be at the right places in the right cities to do that, that means I’ll never see them as I live in deepest rural France. I suspect that these clothes are not produced in huge numbers so that narrows down the chance of ever seeing them on the street. Also there’s the cost of designer threads, way beyond the budgets of most people myself included. I have to wait for the good ideas to filter down the food chain to the cheaper high street stores. Like you though I really enjoy seeing them here, Scott does a great job.
Chat, your comments make good sense. Isn’t this a fascinating subject though: Why are people so shy about wearing avant guard style? whether it’s real designer or the later-on cheaper knock-offs. Is it because we are too worried about what other people think of us if we stray from the ‘normal’ and excepted ways of presenting ourselves? I read a quote recently which seems relevant: ”What other people think of us is none of our business”. I read this as ‘Be true to yourself, be free to express yourself without fear’. What do you think? Ciao, L.
Hello Linda B, like the quote, bit like William Burroughs ‘There’s nothing more provocative than minding your own business.’
Wearable every day!? By whom? And where? You know, it’s rediculous clothes like these that turn strait guys off from fashion! They
take one look, and it’s like “oh please” and go back to there jeans and t shirts.
Well now, I’m straight and I think these are great clothes. When I was young I was a first generation punk in 1976, people laughed at me in the street and shouted abuse just because of the way I looked. If lots of homophobic straight men prefer to stay in boring jeans and t-shirts then surely that’s their problem. And don’t forget, many straight fashion trends started out on the gay scene – tattoos, piercing and yes, even jeans and t-shirts have been resurrected by gays when they were out of fashion. Wearing interesting clothes just takes a little imagination!
Scott, I think you may have called too early, the collection at Dries Van Noten was particularly strong. Valentino’s SS15 menswear collection was like an extension of the women’s resort collection, the mismatch of florals, butterflies and fabrications were amazing. I love that even though they’re florals they’re not done in a feminine way and the Picasso-esque face pins added a final flourish to the artsy element of the collection. Love!
Me too! If my husband’s cool patterened shirts weren’t so big, I’d be borrowing them all the time. He has beautiful shirts, and some gorgeous scarves that I borrow, and it is an absolute joy to see him wearing them. Ciao, L.
I went to http://www.valentino.com to view the show. It is a blessing to be living in a time of wonderful menswear. I remember growing up wishing and praying for collections like this to appear. It’s new and different and masculine. And what they did with the trench coats! And the prints!
Valentino man is definitely dressed to get his Valentino woman.
Outside of the fact the clothes make the models look like their advertising wall paper, I think the prints would work better (have more impact) if there was a single printed item worn with solid colours. The muti-layered prints detract from the wearer. I suppose if you want people to notice your clothes and not your face (or personality) this would be the wardrobe.
Concerning the “Is it everyday wearable?” debate, while most folks would look and feel funny trying to pull off the complete outfits the way these models do, some of the individual items are everyday wearable. While it’s interesting how the prints are combined for this runway show, you don’t have to wear them all together like this.